Trekking the Asian Mountain

san_lorenzo_california-_fruit_and_vegetable_stand_on_highway_operated_by_filipino-_this_year_he_-_-_-_-_nara_-_537768In modern America, being a minority is hard. Moreover, a minority who has for centuries been classified by minor differences such as eyes and hair, Asians take the cake with most caricatured of all groups. But the use of harsh stereotypes that supply an endless wave of xenophobic beliefs doesn’t have to be bad, in fact some may be fairly positive. Phrases such as Asians have outstanding mathematical qualities served in similarity with Asians work the hardest, point to a new form of gratification that differs from your typical tiger-mom buffoon stated over the years. For people like Min Zhou, a professor of sociology and Asian-American studies, and an Asian American herself, the new usage comes as a benefit rather than a fault, “The extraordinary success of Asian-Americans, despite the difficulties some nationalities in that group face, serves as a testimony that the American Dream is attainable for everyone.” Zhou, co author of a book on Chinese and Vietnamese refugee children also points to Asian American success as dependent on century and time, disproving the idea that Asians are a race affixed to qualities of intelligence. But with the overflow of positive remarks directed towards Asian Americans, one things for certain that points to a dark side of history that came To represent the U.S. as a whole. The “Model Minority” a term that has been used to describe the perceived perfect race, especially when used in Asian American history has spread throughout the country at a rapid rate. The phrase can trace its roots back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Asians, like all minorities at the time, and who were initiated by the Chinese where expected to fill a certain bar set forth by companies and establishments like the labor industry. Eventually, that bar was broken and revolts spewed across cities and towns where workers demanded better pay. Now and days, the same bar takes form in the expectantion that Asian Americans are supposed to  live by hardworking and task ready qualities. Bernadette Lim, a senior at Harvard University is one who has experienced then Model Minoriy head on, “For labels that sound so promisingly in tone, the “model minority” and “Asian advantage” stereotypes do nothing but render discrimination against Asian Americans.” Like Lim, many Asian Americans consider the label as a boundary line that divides minorities and merges the Asian race into a field of sameness. The label also decides then fate of children in a sense. Where parents are expected to shoot for greatness and disapprove of anything that represents the word “no” at work, children must follow the same path and live by a code of obedience. But despite large gap that has come to fracture the race, the tides are beginning to change with every given moment. And like the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Asian Americans have managed to carry the same torch that symbolizes their cry for freedom. Just months after Chris Rock’s shocking typecast used during the 2016 BET awards, Asian Americans have pulled together to create a new civil rights movement on the basis of clearing the negative name that has come to be seen with reality. Minorities alike have played a major role in helping to get the word out, particularly through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. But for now, dissolving what the topic of race seems to always bring to the table, Asian Americans take on the issue one step at a time, illustrating that small eyes or dark skins’ can really see the truth.


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